Homemade Winter Potpourri (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

Homemade Winter Potpourri (Stove Top or Slow Cooker) —Fixer Upper Friday

This is one of my favorite holiday traditions for real. There’s nothing more inviting than the smell of winter spices filling a home. Somehow it just makes me feel warmer, happier, and calmer all at once. The holiday season can be extremely stressful and good old-fashioned aromatherapy really does bring a sense of peace and calm to all that holiday mayhem. This is a recipe I use pretty often and it couldn’t be easier. I just set these ingredients in a slow cooker or directly on the stove top and let it work its magic.

Homemade Winter Potpourri (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

This is a total sidebar: I have to admit this to you guys. The smell of this potpourri is so divine that I’ve even tried drinking a cup or two of this stuff as tea because #FearIsTheMindKiller. I don’t out and out recommend that you try that because I’ve heard that pine can be a bit toxic to consume, but then again I’ve also heard that Pine Needle Tea has some crazy awesome health benefits. Anyway, I’m still standing and it wasn’t half bad with a bit of honey, so the choice is totally yours. To be on the safe side, if you plan on drinking this mixture (that’s how great it smells) and you don’t trust evergreens (I can dig it) just don’t put the pine needles in it. Drinking potpourri…seriously what’s wrong with me? Whatevs…

Just prepare yourself for the truly intoxicating aroma of citrus and winter spices to fill your home!

Homemade Winter Potpourri (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

Homemade Winter Potpourri (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

Ingredients

  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 navel orange
  • 3-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 vanilla bean pods
  • 1 small clipping of a fresh pine branch (about 3-4 inches)
  • 4-5 cups of apple cider

Homemade Winter Potpourri (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

Directions

  • Pour apple cider into pot with a few sprigs of pine and the cinnamon sticks.
  • Cut open the vanilla bean pod (or pods), lengthwise. Add to pot.
  • Slice up the oranges into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices. Then, place them into the pot.
  • Place the pot on medium high heat, until it reaches a gentle boil. Then simmer on low (up to several hours). Add water or more apple cider when the liquid in the pot begins to get low.
  • If you’re using a slow cooker, just add all the ingredients and cook on high for the first 1-2 hours, then reduce the setting to low just as you would on the stove top.

Enjoy!!!

Source: Make Your own Winter Stove Top Potpourri – Momtastic.com

21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

I take a lot of pride in gift wrapping. It’s like fashion for presents. You don’t show up to a function with your dress on inside out. Ya dig what I’m saying? So when it comes to presentation, I like to keep my gift wrapping pretty and fashionable. I love to dress up the gifts I’m giving with a whole lot of attention to detail, and recently I’ve been experimenting with different color combinations and textures. I’m super in love with craft paper/butcher paper at the moment. It’s the perfect blank canvas for some pretty beautiful gift wrapping ideas. Check out the pics below.
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21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

For the full run down on all of these beautiful gift wrapping ideas, follow the link below!

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The Best, Eclectic Scandinavian Interior You've Seen---Fixer Upper Friday

The Best, Eclectic Scandinavian Interior You’ve Seen—Fixer Upper Friday

I am a self-proclaimed minimalist guru. I absolutely despise clutter and “like so many others, I have become a slave to the Ikea nesting instinct” a la Fight Club. I think part of the appeal of the popular Scandinavian design aesthetic is the overall lack of clutter. I have fought the urge to be a hoarder all my life. I grew up poor and as a result I’ve always held on to things because that you never know when you’ll need it mentality was second nature to me. As I got older, and went through college and grad school, I bought myself a ton of brand new shiny things that as a kid my family couldn’t afford. When my brother died, I held on to a lot of his things for their sentimental value. When I looked around, I was literally wading my way through useless clutter that I had imprisoned and saddled myself down with.

The fact is, I had an awesome childhood with a loving family. Wearing hand-me-downs and growing up in run-down Brooklyn brownstones can’t erase that fact. Buying useless things and holding on to my dead brother’s belongings won’t bring me any peace or happiness and it certainly won’t bring my beautiful brother back. So for quite a few years now, I have been swept up in the awesomeness that is minimalism. It isn’t just the way it looks, it’s the peace of mind it brings.

I seriously love this ‘less is more’ design, and a tour through this eclectic Scandinavian interior by Tina Hellberg will hopefully float your boat too! Check it out!
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Kid Friendly Seattle Renovation

Fixer Upper Friday—Kid Friendly Seattle Renovation

So I’m in the middle of binge watching Six Feet Under…again. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend that you take this weekend to veg out and remedy that (also, no worries, this post doesn’t have any spoilers).

***I don’t know how long this link will be active, but you can watch the pilot episode on HBO’s site right now without a subscription.

If you have seen it then the next thing I’m about to say will totally make sense to you: I absolutely LOVE Brenda’s apartment. It’s such a beautiful space that I always search around for similar design styles. Brenda’s apartment is kinda like my litmus test for decor. Simple and sleek but at the same time full of character and awesome architectural features. ***Which TV/Movie homes would you just love to live in? Comment below!***

Brenda's Apartment

So in my constant quest for Brenda-esque apartments, I found this really awesome space featured on Design Sponge. While it’s definitely more colorful, the space boasts the same kind of serenity and function that makes Brenda’s place so amazing. And the floors! OMG, wait until you see the floors!

This is a renovated, 100 year old home located in Seattle. Sarah and Daniel Dupuis‘ design aesthetic is swoon worthy and their cost effective DIY projects are off the charts cool. They’re even listed on Airbnb, so we might have to pack our bags! We can even watch Six Feet Under when we get there! Check out this beautiful space…
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Don’t forget to comment!—Which TV/Movie homes (past or present) would you just love to live in?

Image Credit (Six Feet Under): HBO.com

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Fixer Upper Friday: It's All in the Details

Fixer Upper Friday: It’s All in the Details

Window treatments, wall art, accent furniture. Pick unique pieces and the space is just transformed. It’s all in the details…
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Thinking about stealing this look? Check out the items below. They’re a great starting point. Get inspired!

Source: Refinery29